Education is widely seen as a key determinant of social mobility within a person’s lifetime and across generations. For the first time, we now have high-quality data available that allows us to study social mobility in developing countries more rigorously. The 2019 RISE Annual Conference brought together four papers in its first session, doing just that. Three sets of findings emerge from the presented and other work in this area:
Which African country is making the most progress in teaching kids to read by the time they reach third grade? Which language-of-instruction policies are most effective in early literacy teaching? Which country is getting the most children to complete primary school equipped with basic literacy, numeracy, and critical thinking skills?
Guinea worm disease may soon be eradicated from the earth—only a few cases remain. In some eradication efforts, it has become so difficult to find new cases, that data informants are paid more and more (see amounts here) to report the cases that remain: fewer cases, higher reward for finding one. The disease is being wiped out through scarcity-induced reporting incentives.